South­ern Rail strikes planned

Train com­muters to face months of mis­ery

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Salina Pa­tel salina.pa­tel@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE dawn of an­other se­ries of strikes from this week will brings months of mis­ery for com­muters us­ing the South­ern Rail net­work.

Peo­ple trav­el­ling into Lon­don Vic­to­ria for work or tourists hop­ing to see some of the cap­i­tal’s land­marks could ex­pe­ri­ence longer jour­neys and can­cel­la­tions as train staff walk out in the first of five 48-hour in­dus­trial ac­tion days.

The news of a le­gal chal­lenge be­ing launched by South­ern Rail comes after rail union bosses at Rail Mar­itime Trans­port (RMT) and chiefs at the rail com­pany could not reach an agree­ment in the row over train guards.

The planned strike days are as fol­lows:

Tues­day Oc­to­ber 11 to Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 13

Tues­day Oc­to­ber 18 to Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 20

Thurs­day Novem­ber 3 to Satur­day Novem­ber 5

Tues­day Novem­ber 22 and Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 23

Tues­day De­cem­ber 6 to Thurs­day De­cem­ber 8

RMT gen­eral sec­re­tary Mick Cash said: “RMT can con­firm the re­ceipt of a for­mal le­gal chal­lenge from South­ern Rail in the guards safety dis­pute.

“It is ap­palling that rather than sit­ting down with us at ACAS to­day to seek a res­o­lu­tion the com­pany have cho­sen to run to the courts un­der the cloak of the an­tiu­nion laws.

“The union in­tends to con­tinue with the planned ac­tion and is ex­am­in­ing the de­tails of the pa­per­work.

“We will is­sue a fur­ther state­ment in due course.”

SAFETY DIS­PUTE: South­ern Rail guards are to stage the first of five 48-hour strike ac­tion days

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